Lucas Bravo may play the heartthrob on Emily in Paris, but that’s not all he wants people to see him as. The French actor opened up recently about the newfound fame he’s experienced for playing French chef Gabriel on the Netflix series, and the dark side of it all.
In an interview with The Times, the 33-year-old model-turned-actor reveals that he knows his looks are what landed him the part of the show’s love interest, however now he feels typecast and unable to get different roles. “You can’t be aesthetically beautiful, and be smart or have depth. I kept getting roles like the dumb gym teacher,” he explained. “It’s hard to break that image. I’m not complaining, of course, but it’s a reality.”
The actor continued that the bigger issue is how he’s being objectified, and how his sudden celebrity has made him hyper aware of himself.
“I’m, like, this objectified overnight thing,” he added. “[It’s] made me very self-aware. Because when you think about that word [heartthrob] and the people it encapsulates, you see always a healthy, good-looking, ripped person — and I’m not that.”
Bravo clarifies that he’s healthy and takes care of himself, but there’s a difference between that and Hollywood standards. He says that now, “the little things that define who you are and make you human” can be considered flaws, which isn’t healthy for him or for fans.
The actor isn’t the first to point out that Hollywood has a problem objectifying men as well as women. Euphoria star Jacob Elordi recently sat down with Men’s Health for an interview, in which he revealed he’s frustrated at the way his body is constantly discussed.
“You learn quickly that what people take away from those movies is your stature and your figure. You have all sorts of aged people around the world only talking about what you look like,” he explained.
“I don’t think it’s really a conversation that people have in regards to men,” he continued. “Can you imagine if I said to a woman, 'Daaaaamn, look at your waist!?' I would never do that. But I think people see it on their screens, so they think it’s okay.”
In Emily in Paris, Bravo plays French chef Gabriel, who falls for Lily Collins’ Emily character (and vice versa) despite the fact that when they meet Gabriel is with Emily’s friend Camille (Camille Razat). In Season 2, another love interest gets thrown into the mix to shake things up, in the form of a character named Alfie (Lucien Laviscount).
“I think being famous is the worst thing that can happen to you. It’s just smoke. It doesn’t mean anything,” Bravo continued in the Times interview, explaining that his quick rise to fame has potentially pushed his career into a new, unplanned direction.
“I’m Parisian and, of course, we complain all the time. This is our religion,” he added. “We disagree, and then sometimes it creates a revolution, and sometimes it’s just a year of yellow jackets with no conclusion.”
The second season of Emily in Paris is streaming now on Netflix.
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